Structuring, according to United States Code (USC) laws and regulations, is the attempt by one or more persons to avoid importation/exportation reporting requirements by partitioning a sum of $10,000 or more in currency or other monetary instruments, so that the divided amounts each fall under the reporting threshold. The law is designed primarily to combat criminal enterprises that traffic cash unreported to the IRS. The official structuring law, as it pertains to entering or leaving the U.S with currency, 31 USC 5324 (c) (3), states the following: “(c) International Monetary Instrument[...]
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP or Customs) works in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that products are in full compliance before they are imported or exported to and from the United States. At times, the FDA or Customs may deny the entry of a product if they determine that a good or product fails to meet strict import/export requirements. When this happens, the product is detained for further examination. Depending on the findings of the examination, the FDA may issue a Notice of[...]
If you find yourself consistently being detained for secondary screenings at U.S. entry ports when returning from international destinations, you should probably contact the Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program ("DHS TRIP"). The above statement also applies to travelers who: Often face problems at ports of entry Were delayed or denied entrance on an airplane Were denied or delayed when trying to enter or exit U.S. ports of entry or border checkpoints. Feel that they have been improperly or unfairly: denied, delayed, or required to undergo additional screening[...]
It’s not always a good thing to be “on the list,” particularly if you’re on the black list. One such black list is the FDA’s Import Alert list. Being placed on this can mean big problems for a company, and it requires the assistance of a professional customs attorney to petition for removal. What is the FDA’s Import Alert List? Basically, if a company is placed on this list, it means the FDA is providing a warning to importers around the world that the company’s products present safety concerns. If[...]
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